Your little one might not seem so little by the time they reach the age of four or five. They’re beginning to seem like a real grown-up, with their own interests, friends and opinions. However, that doesn’t mean that they get any less excited about Christmas than in their younger years! On the contrary, they now fully understand the meaning of Christmas, and as they begin to develop a social and moral conscious, they may want to share their Christmas presents with others.

Children of this age love the anticipation of Christmas: the ritual of opening their Advent calendar every morning; learning to sing carols at nursery or school; festive window displays in shops. By the time the big day rolls around, they’ll be barely able to contain their excitement!

We’ve chosen our favourite Christmas gifts for 4 and 5-year-olds, with our selection including everything from stocking fillers to big gifts that they’ll be thrilled with on Christmas Day.

Kinderkraft Space Balance Bike

If your child hasn’t learned how to cycle yet, then look no further than this balance bike as their big Christmas gift this year. Balance bikes make learning to cycle easy, without the need for stabilisers. They’ll be ruling the pavements in no time!


Bigjigs Magnetic Theatre

This beautiful set provides your little one with everything they need to stage three classic shows: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. They’ll love putting on shows for their family and friends, either sticking to the original stories or letting their imaginations run wild and coming up with something entirely new.


Galt Magic Castle Puzzle

This amazing puzzle is a great choice for 4 or 5-year-olds this Christmas. It encourages dexterity and problem solving as they slot all the pieces together, and they’ll love rubbing the heat-sensitive ink to discover what’s hidden underneath.


Le Toy Van Honeybake Sleigh Doll Cot

This pretty doll cot is a lovely toy for 4-year-olds, and something they’ll cherish for years to come. It’s just what they need to make their dolls comfortable as they put them to bed, and it’ll make the perfect addition to any kid’s bedroom or playroom.


Galt Tell The Time Set

Make learning to tell the time fun with this colourful set from Galt. It includes a clock face with moveable arms and lots of ideas for games to play as your little one learns.


Le Toy Van Honeybake Ice Cream Trolley

This beautiful ice cream trolley will delight any 4 or 5 year old on Christmas Day. They’ll love dishing up treats to their family and friends, using the magnetic ice cream cones included. Perfect for stimulating imaginative play, it’s great for encouraging interactive play as well.


LeapFrog LeapStart Mickey & the Roadster Racers Story Book

This colourful book is ideal for encouraging learning in your 4 or 5 year old, and giving them confidence in reading before they head off to school. The book is interactive so they’ll never get bored of reading it, and it teaches a valuable lesson about how Mickey Mouse and his friends all work together to help each other.


Casdon Play Cash

Teach your little one about the value of money with this play cash set, including £1132.52 in play money, in both notes and coins.


Little Tikes TopSport Easy Score Basketball Set

Encourage physical activity in your little one with this fun set from Little Tikes. Perfect for any budding athlete, they can shoot hoops for hours of entertainment in your garden.


Britax Duo Twin Dolls Buggy

If your child loves playing with dolls, then this double buggy is a great choice for them. It’ll encourage imaginative play and is perfect for role play. The buggy is simple to assemble, and folds flat for easy storage once playtime is over – although they’ll soon want it out again for more fun!


Hape Park and Go Garage

Let your little one’s imagination run wild with this high-quality garage. They’ll have hours of fun zooming their cars around the different levels, or even swooping in by helicopter!


Toys for 4 & 5 Year Olds

Christmas is a particularly fun time of the year for 4 and 5-year-olds, and it’s exciting for parents too, knowing that this might be one of the first Christmases they remember for years to come.

We’ve picked out the best toys for 4 and 5-year-olds above, but if you’re still looking for inspiration, head on over to our Christmas Shop for more great toys and games that will put a huge smile on their face come Christmas Day.


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